A calf injury that had prevented
The part-timer has three hits in his last eight at-bats with two runs and four RBI.
Manager Mike Redmond said reliever
Redmond added second baseman
Though, the Twins might try to keep Suzuki since few contenders have a need for a catcher.
FOX Sports reported the Marlins and A's nearly had a deal in place in early June, which would have included Miami's Competitive Balance pick in the draft (No. 39 overall) for Johnson. However, Miami dealt that pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for Bryan Morris.
"He can do it," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "He played center in college, and he’s played right. He feels good out there. The biggest focus for him right now is he’s working on his defense. He is almost 6-6, and with that the fundamentals of playing third base are more challenging.
"In the future, I would never say never that we wouldn’t put him out there. But right now, our focus is third."
The 39-year-old Hunter, who receives occasional days off, owns a five-game hitting streak during which he has two home runs, seven RBI with five runs scored.